Russian MTS Loses $140 Million, 2 Million Turkmens Lose Internet Connection
The saga of the abrupt closure of the Russian cell phone company Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) in Turkmenistan continues to unfold, with MTS now claiming $140 million in losses from its forced exit, the Russian daily Vedomosti reports, citing MTS officials.
As a result, more than two million customers in Turkmenistan are still without cell phone service -- and web connection. Last month, MTS removed its Russian employees from Turkmenistan, giving up hope that the standoff would be resolved, and filed several lawsuits in international arbitration courts. About 100 Turkmen communications engineers who used to work for MTS are now without work, and Altyn Assyr, the sole Turkmen state mobile provider, has been told not to hire them, the Turkmen Initiative for Human Rights reported.
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